Tree Chosen For Community Celebration

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A sign the holiday season is right around the corner played out in Topeka Thursday morning.

Westar Energy crews arrived bright and early Thursday at Larry Brandle's home near SW 34th and Gage. They got out the saws and carefully cut down a 30-foot blue spruce from his yard. It will serve as this year's Topeka Community Christmas tree.

Brandle says the tree was just three-feet tall when he planted it with his dad. He was ten-years old at the time, so he says it holds a lot of memories.

Brandle says he dedicates the donation to his parents. He believes they would be thrilled to know how the tree was being used, rather than merely cut down.

The tree will stand outside Westar's building in the 800 block of South Kansas Avenue. Westar Energy's Women's Association will decorate the tree with the theme "Home for the Holidays." It will be officially lit during Miracle on Kansas Avenue festivities November 24th.